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Chapter 8. Audio Sweetening for Perfection

Chapter 8. Audio Sweetening for Perfection

What is it that makes people sit on the edge of their seats when watching an action thriller? Or curl up into a ball during a horror film? Or shed a tear during a true-love drama? As much as they require good acting and cinematography, these emotions are usually carried out through the sound. Don't believe me? Watch the same movie with the volume turned off and see if it has the same effect on you. Music and sound effects can have a very powerful impact on people. Think back to the golden age of radio and tell me audio didn't mesmerize listeners.

I've seen many producers spend days setting up scenes to shoot and countless hours in editing suites generating the most amazing visual effects and then drop the ball when it comes to spending any time enhancing the audio. The point is that no matter what type of project you are working on, audio is a crucial part of your project, not something you should overlook. Chapter 2, “Source Material: Getting It into Premiere,” covered digitizing audio from your source material, whether on videotape or from a CD. This chapter covers working with these audio files in more detail, including the following topics:

  • What you can do as soon as the sound is in Premiere

  • What tools to use to get the best mix

  • How to apply these techniques to real editing projects


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